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Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home design and improvement, he now showcases many of his ideas on his popular website, — a destination also packed with how-to articles and archived episodes. A pioneer of the adaptive reuse movement, Vila helped bring “green” thought to the forefront, and in more recent years he has focused much of his efforts on investigating sustainable building and design. Read on for our conversation with one of the most recognized voices in remodeling as he discusses green building, retrofitting, materials and energy, and how we need to recognize science and the role of government when we talk about policy.

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  1. firstreviewer September 10, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Regardless of “Who or What” Bob Villa and This Old House got the HGTV Ball rolling. Bob has a nice way about himself that most people like and he talks very clearly and with respect to others. Why he was pushed off of “This Old House” no one seems to know? “Home Again” of course was a good show, but most of us guys enjoyed watching Bob and others getting those Old Houses that were falling down back on their feet, so to speak. Bring Back BoB Villa. Bob is by far the Best of the Best.

  2. kjterz March 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    bob has brought back to the forefront the value of craftmanship…and educated us on new innovations available to homeowners….thanks bob…..

  3. jsv December 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I lost all respect for Bob when he started promoting deceptively advertised electric space heaters.

  4. Jamie Kirk May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I just saw Phil’s comment above. We’ve got quite a different demographic to him – we’re targetting mainly cheap conservatories, but despite this, triple glazing is still something we can offer.

    As an aside, Bob Villa is so incredibly helpful and enthusiastic – he’s a real legend!

  5. Richard Osuji April 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Heavy as it is, triple glazing roof does offer extra insulation extending the time a conservatory can be enjoyed to all year round. Taking advantage of the fact that hot air ascends, cold air descends, we developed a ventilation system to cold down the conservatory in the hot summer without using any energy consuming appliance.

  6. Phil Salisbury December 19, 2011 at 5:59 am

    We recently made our home “greener” with triple glazing windows in our oak conservatories. Now we can use the space all year round with very limited heating as opposed to having keep the heating on all day just to warm the space up.

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